Facebook Aims To Be More Content-Rich and More Social

April 20th, 2010 by | 1 Comment

In an attempt to make your experience a lot more immersive and even more social, Facebook is rolling out Community Pages, a new type of Facebook Page that caters to specific concepts, experiences, places or ideas instead of the usual support for businesses, organizations and public figures. It expands this new functionality further, letting you hit the Like button to follow the page (this replaced the previous Become a Fan button). This, the social networking site announced on their official blog.

Community Pages, as you can see from the sample screenshot above, connects users who share common interests while aggregating rich, related content within the page. Unlike a typical official Facebook Page, Community Pages will not be owned and maintained by specific users and instead are owned collectively by the community connected to it.

As of writing, Facebook is initially all set to display Wikipedia content and, is likewise carrying the copyleft principle so it will also accept contributions from users to further enrich the information on every page.

In addition, it will also funnel in related status updates from people who have joined these pages as well those from the entire Facebook stream of status updates to reflect what everyone on the social network is talking about.

“Community Pages are still in beta, but our long-term goal is to make them the best collection of shared knowledge on a topic.” said Alex Li, a software engineer over at Facebook. “We’re starting by showing Wikipedia information, but we’re also looking for people who are passionate about any of these topics to sign up to contribute to the Page. We’ll let you know when we’re ready for your help.”

This new feature also expands to individual user accounts to make joining and implementing Community Pages seamless by tweaking some of the information entered within the profile and turning them into actual Pages. Naturally, more than one user share details like Current City, Hometown, Education and Work so this integration seems logical, allowing users a new way to discover and connect to each other. However, this is an opt-in feature which requires users to first Like all or only selected created Community Pages to enable it.

Similarly, since Community Pages and some information around it are public, can easily remove them from their profiles or they can click on Unlike on the page itself.

Because of the advent of privacy issues on social networks, this is a rather reasonable way to execute a Facebook feature instead of implementing it on all profiles without prompting the user, as the social network has done in the past with its previous design incarnations.

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